Tuesday, October 6

Stalk My Semester: Information Retrieval and Stats

You may have noticed my post frequency decreasing. It's inversely proportional to the amount of homework. This semester I am taking three classes, all of which relate to my research interests (for a nice change).

CS646: Information retrieval
The graduate IR class with James. The slides from the class are available for you to follow along. For texts we're using:
  1. B. Croft, D. Metzler, and T. Strohman, Search Engines: Information Retrieval in Practice. Addison Wesley, February 2009. [amazon]

  2. C. Manning, P. Raghavan, and H. Schutze, Introduction to Information Retrieval. Cambridge University Press, 2008. [cup]. The authors also make it available online.
This is the first time there have ever been good comprehensive texts for IR. I recommend you pick them up if it's your area of interest.

STAT 607: Mathematical Statistics I
This is an introductory class on statistical theory taught by Michael Lavine. We're learning R for data analysis. The textbook, Introduction to Statistical Thought is available for free download. It has lots of good R examples.

CS791: Information Retrieval Seminar on User Modeling
Bruce is leading a seminar on User Modeling for IR. Last week we focused on query term weighting, led by Michael. This week we'll cover Query Reformulation techniques. There is no website or text for this course, but I'll try to provide some links to relevant papers and presentations as we cover material.

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